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New Zealand Politics Daily is a collation of the most prominent issues being discussed in New Zealand. It is edited by Dr Bryce Edwards of The Democracy Project.

Items of interest and importance today

POLITICAL FINANCE, PARLIAMENT, VOTING AGE
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Big money donors get access to PMs and party leaders – report
Anna Whyte (Stuff): Political donations: Identity over $1,500 should be disclosed, new report recommends
Brent Edwards (NBR): Research reveals influence bought through political donations
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Reform political donations before we become like the US – report (paywalled)
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Six MPs creaming $140,000 in perks (paywalled)
Chris Trotter (Interest): Moderation + warmth is proving to be a winning political combination
Teana Macdonald (Herald): Let rangatahi lead the way (paywalled)

THREE WATERS AND ENTRENCHMENT CLAUSE
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Has Labour become a co-governed party?
Chris Trotter: If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Thomas Coughlan (Herald): Labour moves to back down on Three Waters entrenchment clause, as advice shows MPs warned of constitutional problems a year ago
Thomas Manch (Stuff): The constitutional spat over a last-minute, controversial change to Three Waters bill
Amelia Wade (Newshub): Controversial Three Waters provision heading back to Parliament drawing board
Jamie Ensor (Neshub): Three Waters: Constitutional experts up in arms over ‘dangerous’ move supported by Government
Russell Palmer (RNZ): Cabinet to debate three waters anti-privatisation entrenchment – PM Jacinda Ardern
Thomas Manch (Stuff): Prime minister to discuss Three Waters entrenchment clause with political parties, due to constitutional risk
Herald Editorial: Three Waters reform hits a storm (paywalled)
Gordon Campbell: On entrenchment, and being ‘soft on crime’
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): Three Waters – Overturning ‘entrenched’ laws is much harder to do
Stephen Franks: How to repeal Labour/Green entrenchment of Water Services control by iwi elite
No Right Turn: Entrenching anti-privatisation
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Of course the Left have to ensure the Right won’t privatize the water

ECONOMY, BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT
Lisa Marriott (The Conversation): As NZ workers and households tighten their belts, why not a windfall tax on corporate mega-profits too?
Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Kiwis, inflation is all your fault
Susan St John (Herald): No excuses for hungry children (paywalled)
Craig Renney and Diana Russell (Herald): Rebuilding Better: Time for a new Ministry and a state-owned investment bank (paywalled)
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): External member of Reserve Bank monetary committee says NZ ‘dodged a bullet’
Duncan Garner (NBR): Reserve Bank boss buries housing market (paywalled)
RNZ: Reserve Bank committee member addresses questions over role and OCR rise
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Four measures that will indicate inflation is softening
David Hargreaves (Interest): Reserve Bank ‘hell bent on hiking rates to hurt households’
Mark Quinlivan (Newshub): Economist says Government might have ‘temptation’ to hike taxes as New Zealand tipped to plunge into recession
Duncan Garner (NBR): Reserve Bank boss buries housing market (paywalled)
Brent Melville (BusinessDesk): Home buyers paddle, as mortgage rates hit high water mark (paywalled)
RNZ: Depositors to benefit from end of funding for lending programme
Roger J Kerr (Interest): The monetary policy ‘penny-dropped’ in both Wellington and New York for the RBNZ and US Federal Reserve respectively last week
BusinessDesk: Retirement stocks jump after $200m govt funding boost
Rob Stock (Stuff): BNZ’s conduct code revealed: The consequences faced by naughty bankers
Daniel Smith (Stuff): What are your rights if you are asked to work over Christmas?
Janine Starks (Stuff): What is the ‘silver exodus’, and why is it happening?
Isaac Davison (Herald): Stuff journalists to strike after rejecting company’s pay offer (paywalled)
RNZ: Stuff staff to strike over pay
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stuff journalists to take industrial action

RETIREMENT
Rob Stock (Stuff): Raising NZ Super age would cause financial misery for over 65s – Retirement Commissioner says
Felix Walton (RNZ): Retirement Commission review suggests more people set to retire without a nest egg
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Clearly inadequate: Retirement Commissioner calls for asset cap on accommodation supplement to rise from $8100 to $42,700
Nicholas Pointon (NBR): Retirement report: Superannuation ‘must remain’ at 65 (paywalled)
Ripu Bhatia (Stuff): Kaumātua saves for his own funeral to avoid burden on whānau

CRIME, POLICE
Finn Blackwell (RNZ): Dairy owners protest for tougher punishment of offenders
Jane Nixon (1News): Dairy protest extends to PM, deputy PM’s electorate offices
Newshub: Sandringham stabbing: Dozens gather outside PM Jacinda Ardern’s office to protest, dairies close as new crime package revealed
Rachel Smalley (Today FM): This Government doesn’t know what to focus on
Gianina Schwanecke (Stuff): Hundreds of Wellington dairies, small businesses close in protest after Sandringham stabbing
William Hewett (Newshub): Business owner calls for Ardern, Hipkins to do ‘undercover shift’ to see how ‘scared’ workers are
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government’s crime crackdown includes more funding for prevention tools, but not tougher penalties
1News: Govt’s retail crime package fails to address ‘crux of issue’ – National
Ella Morgan (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants to keep dairy owners safe in the wake of Sandringham dairy stabbing
1News: Govt outlines multimillion-dollar package to help tackle retail crime
Glenn McConnell (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern announces new funding for dairies and shops needing crime protection
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says process of getting crime prevention methods into stores needs to be quicker
RNZ: Jacinda Ardern announces business support package targeted at dealing with crime
1News: Ardern rejects claims Government is ‘pro-criminal’
Andrea Vance and Iain McGregor (Stuff): A Crime of Convenience
RNZ: Police to broaden gang operation, revise policy on fleeing drivers – Commissioner Andrew Coster
Guyon Espiner (RNZ): Jerrim Toms inquest: Police say they had no other option than shoot and kill

ENVIRONMENT, RMA
Marc Daalder (Newsroom): Shaw successfully weakens own climate law
Jack Santa Barbara (Newsroom): The planetary emergency we must avoid (spoiler alert: it’s not climate change)
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Govt moves towards owning a secondary carbon exchange (paywalled)
Brent Edwards (NBR): Act has plan to free up urban planning, protect environment (paywalled)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Simon Wilson (Herald): 50 days of Wayne and his focus is on the port (paywalled)
Tina Law (Press): Election complaint against Christchurch mayor Phil Mauger in the hands of police
Chris Lynch: Christchurch residents could face a rate increase of up to 9.5%
Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Gore mayor Ben Bell returns to work, stands firm on the decisions he has made
RNZ: Gore mayor Ben Bell resurfaces after week of ‘challenging discussions’

EDUCATION
Newshub: Marama Davidson, David Seymour clash over what’s a ‘legitimate’ reason for kids to miss school
Joseph Los’e (Herald): Willie Jackson: ‘Bumper sticker politics’ does not make for good, sensible policy
Caley Callahan (Newshub): Teachers’ union gives Government an ‘F’ on new collective agreement offer
Herald: Clinical training for teachers to ID students with mental health issues

PUBLIC SERVICE
Nikitin Sallee, Pattrick Smellie & Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): Free, frank and political advice: the state of the public service (paywalled)
Andy Fyers (BusinessDesk): Public service workers say focus is too short-term (paywalled)
Alison McDonald (BusinessDesk): Immigration NZ committed to improving

HOUSING
Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Housing strategy launched to boost home ownership for Pacific people
Andrew Bevin (Newsroom): Hash out intensification funding or risk under-servicing communities
LIz McDonald (Stuff): Smaller homes than ever for Christchurch as units replace old houses

HEALTH
Murray Jones (BusinessDesk): Health ‘worse than abysmal’ on contract transparency
Emma Hatton (Newsroom): Parents of disabled children take fight to Court of Appeal
Niva Chittock (RNZ): General Practice leaders hit out at being excluded from pay parity package
Aimee Shaw (Stuff): Think food prices are high? Spare a thought for people with allergies

HATE SPEECH
Gavin Ellis: Hard call (but the right call) on hate speech
Anna Murray (Re:News): Hate speech laws: ‘It’s dangerous to leave queer people without protection’
Mandy Te Re (Re:News): Hate speech laws needed as attacks on queer community rise – advocate

OTHER
Todd Niall (Stuff): Auckland’s self-inflicted public transport crisis has urgent lessons
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): How NZ can warm up the new cold war (paywalled)
Jamie Mackay (Herald): What reception will PM Jacinda Ardern and Labour get at Fieldays? (paywalled)
Jacqueline Rowarth (Herald): Where’s The Finance?
Jem Traylen (BusinessDesk): Act party wants to ‘demolish’ work visa rules (paywalled)
Ian Llewellyn (BusinessDesk): Making electricity retailers pay for power cuts an option (paywalled)
Kiri Gillespie (Herald): Progress for NZ Land Wars project: Tauranga’s Gate Pā reserve to be reclassified
Lois Williams (Newsroom): Top marks for ageism and sexism
Lois Williams (Newsroom): Grey and in the way: Creative NZ decision met with disbelief
Anna Cottrell (Newsroom): When we booted out the real boot camp

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